Today’s Headlines

  • The transportation security fallout from Christmas Day plane-bombing attempt (NYT)
  • Transit saw a 3.8 percent drop in ridership during the first 9 months of 2009 … (NYT Blogs)
  • … but not in San Francisco (SF Gate)
  • Siemens among the manufacturers poised to drive a future U.S. high-speed rail boom (Reuters)
  • While the Obama administration pushes for new rail safety rules, D.C.’s local transit overseers continue to take a lax approach (WaPo)
  • New York, Pennsylvania, and other transit-rich states could see a drop in federal representation, according to new Census estimates (CNN Money)
  • Price of polluting falls after lackluster Copenhagen outcome (WSJ Blogs)
  • Business columnist Wessel: Harsh economic realities could push gas tax higher on the Washington agenda (WSJ)
  • New omnibus spending bill has lots of help for metro areas (TNR’s Avenue)

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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy NBC Nightly News spotlights the national transit budget crisis .. (see above video) … as New Jersey becomes the latest state to weigh double-digit fare hikes (Daily Finance) Rep. Mica (R-FL) urges Tampa officials to make sure that the region’s future high-speed rail […]

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Democrats in Congress may tone down their new auto safety bill in response to industry complaints (WSJ) D.C. considers using "value capture" methods, harnessing business gains from transit to pay for new streetcars (WashPost) Joel Epstein on L.A.’s push to break from its past and embrace transit New York in need of a statewide high-speed […]

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Feds seek maximum penalty of $16 million from Toyota for failing to act on defective gas pedals (AP) Q&A with LaHood on non-binding complete streets announcement, which he defends as a "game changer" (NYT Blogs) Housing & Urban Development Secretary vows to "put the UD back into HUD" (Observer) Resources for the Future analyst: EPA […]

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Senate to vote today on final approval of jobs bill that extends the 2005 transportation law until 2011 (MLive.com) Oberstar floats the idea of a taxpayer loan to the highway trust fund to pay for the next long-term federal transport bill (DC Velocity) A look at Pittsburgh’s efforts to join the urban sustainability vanguard (Post-Gazette) […]

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LaHood affirms the recent assertion by House Speaker Pelosi: Congress is unlikely to raise the gas tax to pay for transportation legislation (Pantagraph) Local lawmakers are hunting for strategies to fund a proposed commuter rail link between the Poconos and NYC in the absence of a new long-term federal transport bill (P. Record) San Francisco […]

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In the wake of the Russia subway bombings, a look at the potential security issues facing U.S. transit (Ctr. for Pub. Integrity) Lahood formalizes new rule banning texting behind the wheel by truckers and bus drivers (DOT Press) Obama details his new pitch for expanded offshore oil drilling … (NYT) … with the political upside […]